Am I truly happy? Yes. Everyday? Hell no!<quoted text>
Easy? No. There are those who become chronically depressed and I do not believe that to be a choice but more of a condition (and thankfully, in most cases, a treatable one). But for the lucky ones who do not fall into that category, what choice do they have but to move on and find some reason to go on; finding some reason to be happy again? I'm sure it must seem impossible for a time but if you do not make that choice eventually, you are doomed to a miserable life ahead of you.
I know people who have lost children who adapted and seem to have bounced back. One lady I know has her profile picture on facebook set as her deceased daughter's picture. It tears at my heart to look at it because she was a friend of mine but it's how she copes. I think we all have to have coping mechanisms, even if a tragedy doesn't happen in our lives. There's just too much bad in the world around us. Pray about the bad and choose to be happy despite it all.
But your comment goes much deeper than that Cindy.
When I look at my oldest daughters pictures of when she was young she seemed so happy, but now in her older pictures I can see her smile has changed. She suffers from OCD and she worries herself into tears almost every night. Breaks my heart and I don't know why she has to go through this.
She's a straight A student, and a beautiful little girl, but suffering on the inside.
I could really really talk about this but my point is, that I agree with you.